Sometimes life throws you a curve ball. It’s how you react to it that makes all the difference. You can either be frustrated and mad… Or, you can look for a way to hit that curve ball out of the park for a home run.
That’s what we did last night on our annual family camping trip when Mother Nature was throwing curve balls in the form of rain.
We had planned to have a fish fry at the camp grounds and then talk around the camp fire. There’s something very therapeutic and relaxing about a fire. Plus, when there’s a fire in the ring it means s’mores!
Since the campground was a muddy mess and a nightly fire was out of the question we did the next best thing; headed to the hotel where those without campers were staying and held an impromptu pizza party!
We still all got a chance to visit. The kids still played and danced around and we still got dessert. Only it was cinnamon bread sticks instead of s’mores.
To me the coolest part in all of this is the memory and the stories that will go with it. You can bet that on our next camp out someone will say, “Remember last year when it rained and we ate pizza at the hotel?” We’ll all laugh and enjoy the memory.
Has Mother Nature ever changed your plans but the change turned out to be fun any way?
I recently read an interesting blog post by Mauricio Estrella. In it he shares a great tip and explains how changing his computer password changed his way of thinking and in turn his life.
It’s a good read but be warned there are a few swear words sprinkled in.
In essence his tip is this: change your computer passwords to promote a positive attitude or a goal you’d like to accomplish.
Have a bad attitude at work? Perhaps a good password would be “Dont4get2smile!”.
Staying up too late? Try “Go2Bed@1030pm”.
Got a nasty habit you need to quit? Typing “SmokingisKi11ingMe!” several times a day would be a good constant reminder.
The possibilities to use a password to impact your life are endless!
Typing a password like these many times throughout the day is bound to have a positive effect on your mood and attitude.
You could even use the PIN password on your phone to reflect a favorite scripture or verse you’d like to remember. For instance, one of my favorite verses is Mark 8:36.
“What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?”
I could use 0836 for the PIN lock on my phone. I won’t because that wouldn’t be smart after sharing it here… but you get the idea.
This tip has changed the way I think about passwords. Instead of being a pain… I plan to use them to lead to something positive!
So, are you thinking about what inspiring password you could use next?
There’s a lot of negativity in the world. If you’re not careful it’s pretty easy to get caught up in it. I, myself, have been guilty of this from time to time.
There is also a lot of good in the world too! If you open your eyes and look for it.
“If all you did was just look for things to appreciate you would live a joyous, spectacular life.” – Abraham-Hicks.
Seems like a good idea to me. For the next week every time negativity tries to creep into my thinking I’m going to look for twice as many things to appreciate. That should stop the negativity.
One thing I always appreciate is spending time with my family. Even if it’s just hanging out on the deck blowing bubbles.
Think about your day… what are 3 moments from it that you can appreciate?